Troparia and kontakia for May 21

Equal of the Apostles and Emperor Constantine with his Mother Helen

Troparion — Tone 8

Having seen the figure of the Cross in the heavens, / and like Paul not having received his call from men, O Lord, / Your apostle among rulers, the Emperor Constantine, / has been set by Your hand as ruler over the Imperial City / that he preserved in peace for many years, / through the prayers of the Theotokos, O only lover of mankind.

Kontakion — Tone 3

Today Constantine and his mother Helen / reveal the precious Cross, / the weapon of the faithful / against their enemies. / For our sakes, it has been shown to be a great sign, and fearsome in battle.

Meeting of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God

Troparion — Tone 4

Today the most glorious city of Moscow rejoices radiantly, / for it receives your wonderworking Icon as a ray of the sun, O Lady. / Now, having recourse to it, we pray to you and cry: / O most wondrous Lady Theotokos, / pray to Christ our God, Who was incarnate of you, / that this city and all cities and countries be kept safe from all the assaults of the enemy, / and that our souls may be saved, for He is merciful.

Kontakion — Tone 8

O victorious Leader of triumphant hosts, / you have delivered us from evils by the coming of your honorable Icon, O Lady Theotokos, / radiantly we celebrate the festival of your meeting, and as usual we cry to you / Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride.

“Tenderness Icon” of the Pskov Caves

Troparion — Tone 4

All burdened with sins, / let us fall down before her wonderworking Icon of Tenderness, / kissing it and crying aloud with tears: / “O Lady, accept the prayer of your unworthy servants, / and to us who ask, grant your great mercy.”

Kontakion — Tone 6

We have no other help, we have no other hope but you, O Lady. / Help us, for in you do we hope, / and of you do we boast, for we are your servants. / Let us not be put to shame.